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Prepare for Advanced Practice Clinical Roles

In this exceptional Master of Science in Nursing program, you’ll develop specialized expertise for advanced clinical practice as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP). The AGACNP emphasis teaches health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and coordination of care of acutely and critically ill adolescents, adults, and older adults. The program addresses the needs of both urban and rural communities, and emphasizes the importance of transitions of care and aging in place.

Why choose UNC for your nursing master’s degree? You’ll get superior instruction in our master’s program, building close relationships with expert faculty who excel as clinical practitioners, course instructors and professional mentors. UNC’s master’s of science nursing degree is particularly strong in the area of evidence-based practice. The program includes extensive practicum experience, providing you with more than 500 hours of supervised instruction in clinical settings. You’ll graduate with the preparation you need to earn an Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) credential, along with the ability to apply for national certification as an AGACNP-BC or ACNPC-AG.

Degree Details

Credits Required:



Online + Greeley Summer Experiences

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State Eligibility

Requirements and regulations vary from state-to-state for NP education programs. If you live outside of Colorado contact Lisa Grimes at lisa.grimes@unco.edu to learn more about specific requirements. 

Degree Option

Master of Science in Nursing with AGACNP Emphasis

You may have the option of continuing to work while in the program due to the online delivery format the majority of the year. Students attend two mandatory summer intensive sessions in Greeley, Colorado during the program. Students and faculty work together to secure clinical placements for the required 540 clinical hours. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.

Your Future in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nursing Practice

The AGACNP master’s degree in nursing prepares you to meet the rapidly growing demand for advance nurse practitioners. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an increase of more than 50,000 jobs by 2025, placing APNs among the fastest-growing professions in the nation. You’ll gain specialized preparation that enables you to stay current with new developments in the profession, including advanced practice skills, management and coordination of care. The degree empowers you to take on new professional challenges, including leadership and advanced patient care positions.

Consider UNC’s AGACNP master’s program if you want to:

  • Strengthen your leadership skills
  • Provide outstanding patient care
  • Work with diverse populations
  • Advance your career as an Advanced Practice Nurse

You’ll learn:

  • Advanced standards of practice
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Care management of acutely and critically ill adolescents, adults and older adults
  • Critical thinking and communication
  • Teamwork and interprofessional collaboration
  • Coordination across transitions of care

Sample courses:

  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care
  • Acute Care Skills
  • Policy, Leadership and Nursing
  • Research- and Evidence-based Practice in Nursing
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Foundations in Public Health for Advanced Practice Nursing

Where can your degree take you?

Advanced Treatment

Advanced treatment of acute and critically ill patients

Leadership and Advanced Patient Care

Leadership and advanced patient care roles in nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Continued education in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program

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